WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
I was looking for a master’s program that fit into my busy schedule, so working full time and sitting in a class in the evenings wasn’t going to work for me. I wanted a reputable program and found Pitt Online to be exactly what I was looking for! I’m able to complete classwork when it’s convenient for me. The instructors are supportive and encouraging, always giving positive feedback that helps me grow as an educator. I couldn’t be happier!
After being out of the workforce for years, classes gave me updated knowledge that used evidence-based research to examine aging. As a former nurse I wanted to work with professors who conducted behavioral and community health research. I felt comfortable merging my practical skills with my newly learned science-based knowledge. I’m also a board member of a non-profit that provides community services to low economic elderly residents, so I like the ability to critically read literature, as well as learning how to find hidden resources.
I didn’t want one of the run-of-the-mill Nursing degrees. I knew that the University of Pittsburgh was highly respected and ranked, and I felt that the Pitt Online program wouldn’t deviate from the institution’s standards. I knew it would be respected when it was on my resume.
The Gerontology Certificate program has proven to be a great accent to my busy lifestyle. I work full-time and have pockets of time available to complete assignments when convenient to my schedule. The professors are passionate and available for feedback around the clock. With this certificate, which will accompany the Master of Social Work that I am attaining through Pitt, I plan to counsel caregiver’s working with their elderly family members. The content is current, relevant, and challenging for today’s student.
The discussion boards are interactive, and the amount of exchange is far greater than an in-person class. The instructors are very engaged and provide additional resources related to controversial discussions. Whether you intend to use the information in dealing with elderly parents or just for informational purposes, the Gerontology program is completely worthwhile. I would strongly recommend it.
Faculty always provide feedback that is constructive and clear. You can tell that they’re quite knowledgeable in their subject area, and that’s not the same experience I’ve had with other schools. Pitt’s program is giving me more insight into facilities and systems, which will hopefully prepare me for an executive role one day.
The Health Care Compliance Online program provided me with the knowledge to support my recommendations for ‘doing what is right’ within my facility and the confidence to stand firm on these decisions. It has been very beneficial and was exactly what I was hoping to find.
The MPPM program is perfect for someone with a busy lifestyle whose schedule does not fit the standard classroom arrangement. This program allows you to work full-time and still have family time, while you obtain your master’s degree. Professors are engaged weekly and there is a lot of interaction with students via discussion board. Coursework is challenging and very relevant to today’s business, non-profit or government sector work.
The classes are designed to promote an online community. There’s a lot of collaboration and camaraderie among the students, even though we don’t actually share physical borders. The courses are designed in modules so that you’re part of the class but you can learn at your own pace, and they’re designed to fit in with the busy lifestyle of someone who is working full-time or raising a family.
The accelerated format and condensed time frame allowed me to work through material at a manageable pace. With a busy schedule, the online format allowed me to work on the program when I wanted to. If it was at 6 a.m. or 11 p.m., I could access the material whenever I wanted.
I usually had a group that I would start discussions with, and I looked at it as a valuable tool to tell others of things I've encountered that have worked or not worked, and visa versa. I felt I had a genuine connection about day-to-day experiences in my student teaching. I learned so much from those two classmates without ever meeting them in person.
I wanted to earn my masters degree from a school that is recognized as a leader in education. I feel like being able to engage online is better than in person because when you’re in class, you’re just there physically – but in an online class, everyone ‘goes to class’ when they are mentally available. I’m confident that what I am learning is making me a better teacher, and I can use what I’m learning right away in my classroom. I wanted to attend Pitt but I couldn’t work full-time and go to school full-time; but taking classes online has allowed me to get the best of both worlds!
I like the flexibility of the Gerontology Certificate program for the convenience of taking classes around my work schedule. I find it very exciting to engage in conversations with so many people of diverse backgrounds and different geographical locations. I look forward to earning the certificate in Gerontology which will benefit me working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the long-term care setting.
I found the course work in the certificate program to be extremely relevant. It was through this certificate program that I found a full time job in a research lab that studies how the mind and brain change with age and the factors that promote successful aging. I can honestly say this certificate has changed my life and helped me find a career that I absolutely love!
I began with a personal passion for working with older adults who did not have a strong professional basis, and now I enter the professional world feeling capable and confident due to the knowledge I gained in my classes. My experience enhanced my ability to interact with older adults and their families. The courses provided me with academic knowledge and with real-world skills that I put into practice daily in my social work position at Senior LIFE Ebensburg. The Gerontology program is an excellent foundation for taking the personal and transitioning it seamlessly into the professional.
One of the assets of the DNP program is the tremendous array of professionals in the Nursing world that I’m meeting. I am really enjoying the discussion boards; and I’m not only learning from the faculty and from the curriculum, but I’m learning from my fellow nurses. This is of tremendous value for students when they are preparing for an advanced role.
I would absolutely recommend this program to others, especially to those who are working full-time and need the flexibility of an online program. For me as a Nurse executive, the Capstone project – in lieu of a research project – directly impacts clinicians I work with on a daily basis, as well as patient outcomes and patient care. I am excited about that possibility!
This has been a great experience. The instructors are particularly knowledgeable and helpful in delivery and support of the class information and they are readily available for questions and feedback. The staff has been friendly, encouraging and expedient in their responses whenever I had any questions, concerns or needs.
With being a dad, being a husband, having a professional career – going the online route was the way to go. It gives you the freedom to get the work done around all those things that already exist. The online program has a community feel to it, and that was not something that I was expecting. I would strongly encourage a friend to a consider the MPPM program. Pitt is doing it the right way!